Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email firstname.lastname@example.org , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.
Oct 11th GLEN MANBY QUINTET feat. STEVE WATERMAN
Glen Many (alto sax), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Leon Greening (piano), Matt Home (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass)
“Great to hear this debut album from saxophonist Glen Manby, straight out of the hard bop top drawer and a real breath of fresh air to boot. A driving, hard swinging set with some memorable compositions from the leader along with some firecracker solos from the front line horns and pianist Leon Greening….A fine set in the hard bop idiom that does not look back, but to the present and how to keep this exciting music moving forward. Thoroughly recommended.” www.Jazzviews.net
Glen Manby is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Cardiff who has been a mainstay of the South Wales Jazz scene for many years whose primary influences are fellow alto players Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt and Phil Woods.
His Quintet features some of the busiest and most respected jazz musicians in Britain today including the British Jazz Award winning trumpet player Steve Waterman, pianist Leon Greening, described as ”one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced” (you may remember his very memorable visit at the Wood Street Jazz Festival this year!), and drummer Matt Home, who, as well as being one of the most in-demand drummers on the national circuit, appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the house band.
The quintet’s debut CD, Homecoming, was released earlier this year and garnered a 4-star review as Jazz CD of the week in the Observer.
“This well balanced and finely integrated quintet speaks bebop fluently….their cohesion and familiarity with some clean, unfussy and elegant arrangements is remarkable…There is, in fact, a satisfying sense of contrast in this uplifting set” – Jazz Journal
“this is an impressive album from Manby who acquits himself well in such stellar company and provides some engaging original material for his all star guests to get their teeth into” – Ian Mann
“…this is British jazz at its best” – The Jazz Rag
November 8th SUE RICHARDSON QUINTET
“TOO COOL – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF CHET BAKER”
This show features trumpet player Chet Baker’s beautiful music, recalling the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s West Coast cool. Chet’s romantic music belied a tragic, heroin-fuelled existence. His intriguing story epitomises that of the classic jazz musician. Running through the fantastic music is a narrative that actress Sylvia Syms helped develop. The story that unfolds engages with all audiences whether jazz fans or not and generates discussions and sparks interest. The show has been a sell-out each time it’s appeared at Ronnie Scott’s.
Sue Richardson (trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals, Andy Panayi (saxes and flute), Neal Richardson (piano), Paul Cavaciuti (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)
Sue Richardson has been honoured to work with The Humphrey Lyttelton Band. Clive Davis writing in The Times compared her style to Humph’s: ‘When the cast of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue led a high-spirited tribute to the late Humphrey Lyttelton at the
Hammersmith Apollo last year, the trumpeter Sue Richardson was among the many musicians who helped to give the old man a stirring send-off. Some of his insouciant comic timing seems to have rubbed off on her as well: she is a breezy presence on the bandstand who is quite happy to make self-deprecating asides about the everyday problems of finding a lipstick that doesn’t leave sediment inside her horn. More to the point, she also possesses something of Hump’s flair for constructing a concise, neatly crafted melody. If Chet Baker and Clifford Brown are two of her main role models – her timbre is warm and full-bodied – her soloing, while avoiding high-note theatrics, evokes
the generosity and exuberance of players from the swing era.’ The Times
‘Though there was only one Chet Baker, I really admire Sue Richardson for what she has done on her latest CD project ‘Too Cool’. Sue has a sense and spirit of Chet Baker within her, both in her playing and vocals. Strong yet delicate – sensitive and very lyrical.’
Artt Frank. Chet Baker’s close friend & drummer.